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H005 | Biomass Appliance Installer

This course is suitable for plumbing, heating, oil, gas & building services engineers or any person with a building services background. Also suitable for existing HETAS registrants who wish to attain the skills necessary to install biomass boiler appliances.

NB: This course is aligned to National Occupational Standards (NOS) derived from the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF)

Course Content

  • Biomass appliance installation
  • Types of solid fuels & factors affecting solid fuel and fuel selection
  • Fuel preparation & storage
  • Appliance types & operating principles
  • Industry rules, regulations & standards
  • Identifying & responding to unsafe situations
  • Chimneys, flues & terminals
  • Air supply & ventilation
  • System design & heat load calculations
  • Lifecycle cost analysis
  • Commissioning and decommissioning
  • Diagnosis and rectification of faults
  • Service & maintenance of biomass appliances

Course Details

Assessment Method

Theory & Practical.

Course Duration

Approximately 5 days.

Course Outcome

HETAS Statement of Results.
HETAS also award Dry and Wet installer competencies (equivalent to H003 and H004).


Option 1:

H005 Prerequisites – Formal Qualification Entry Route

  • N/SVQ Level 2/3 in:
    • Plumbing or equivalent earlier certification providing evidence of competence; or N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Heating and Ventilating (Domestic Installation) or equivalent earlier certification providing evidence of competence; or
    • Heating & Ventilating (Industrial and Commercial Installation) or equivalent earlier certification providing evidence of competence; or
    • Oil-Fired Technical Services or equivalent earlier certification providing evidence of competence; or
    • Gas installation and Maintenance or equivalent earlier certification providing evidence of competence
  • Including: Water regulations/Water Byelaws (WRAS or equivalent)

Option 2:

H005 Prerequisites – Experience Worker Route

An alternative route to enrol on the H005DE course without Option 1 prerequisites (above): completing an Experience Worker Route Portfolio may be suitable.

Requires candidates to present portfolio of work for approval by the Training Centre prior to the course. HETAS are not able to provide a Statement of Results if the portfolio has not been completed and approved.

In all cases the following could be used as evidence:

  • Work experience within the plumbing and heating industry
  • Existing Competent Person Scheme member
  • OFTEC technician – 101, 102 or 105e
  • A valid current gas safe registration with minimum categories of work – CCN1 and CEN1
  • City & Guilds 6128, 6129 AND 6132 technical certificates

Please Note: Standalone Vocationally Relation Qualifications (VRQs) may be used to help support completion of the portfolio.

Next Steps

Successful candidates can register the competence of the installation of stoves with boilers.

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HETAS, Severn House, Unit 5 Newtown Trading Estate, Green Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 8HD